The video, released this week by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), “is a call to action for leaders around the country to work together better,” said Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, which manages Ready by 21. “This video delivers a powerful message about how we can help get all young people ready for college, work and life.
It does that by challenging viewers to take a whole new approach to helping youth: “What if over the course of 21 years,” it says, “all the individuals, services and systems that support youth from cradle to career worked together toward a common, big-picture goal?
By “taking the long view” in planning services, supports and opportunities, communities and states can ensure that children and youth “will be ready to succeed academically, ready for a productive career an ready to navigate life’s challenges with resilience.”
The video describes Ready by 21 as “an idea, a call to action and set of strategies,” and closes with recommendations for leaders to find out more.
AASA produced the video through its role as a member of the Ready by 21 National Partnership. As the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders, AASA advocates for high-quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.
You can find the two-and-a-half-minute video here; or watch it below!